This gorgeous vintage Shimazu 島津 Satsuma pottery kabin or vase was made about 60 years ago, in the 1950-1960s. It is finally hand shaped in a nice ovoid form with a wide mouth, Somewhere I found a word used in Japanese for 'shape of a lady' for vases, boy I wish I could find that again. This is nicely painted in cream color on pottery. It is heavily decorated in overglaze enamels on the front and part of the sides in many colored flowers, red, purple, green, white, and lots of gold or 黄. It has a very finly decorated gold and aka or red border to the top and a gold border to the bottom rim area. It is called 'Iroe-akae' meaning many colors with red as the predominant color. It is signed Satsuma with the old Shimazu family crest. Satsuma is the pottery of Kagoshima Prefecture and I recently ran across a website with links to many current-day Satsuma kilns. This piece is highly decorated and quite large and lovely and in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, it may have some general age wear not seen in the pictures or to the naked eye. Any crazing is a normal part in the making of Satsuma.
SIZE: Height 10.1 inches or 25.65 cm, Diameter 7.4 inches or 18.79 cm. Weight 1800 grams or 3.96 prepacked lbs.
Satsuma ware 薩摩焼
Satsuma ware 薩摩焼 satsuma yaki is a style of Japanese earthenware originally from the Satsuma region of what is today southern Kyūshū. Today, it can be divided into two distinct categories: the original plain dark clay early Satsuma ko satsuma 古薩摩 made in Satsuma from around 1600, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and is still produced today. Most of the old pieces we see today are classified as Kyoto Satsuma and fall under the Kyoto Awata category. Although the term can be used to describe a variety of types of pottery, the best-known type of Satsuma ware has a soft, ivory-colored, crackled glaze with elaborate polychrome and gold decorations. Satsuma ware originated when the Shimazu of the Satsuma domain in southern Kyūshū relocated skilled Korean potters after Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Japanese Invasions of Korea to establish a local pottery industry.
Later, after display at an international exhibition in Paris in 1867, it proved popular as an export to Europe. the elaborately decorated export Satsuma 京薩摩 kyō satsuma ivory-bodied pieces which began to be produced in the nineteenth century in various Japanese cities. By adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel overglaze designs to appeal to the tastes of western consumers, manufacturers of the latter made Satsuma ware one of the most recognized and profitable export products of the Meiji period.
Please see the extensive and well-written discussion on the Gotheborg site about Satsuma old history, Awata Kyoto Satsuma, and more. It is very enlightening.
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